The husband had to attend a close family function and flew off to India for a couple of weeks. And, oh, he took Paapu along too.

It took a day or two to sink in that…that I am SINGLE right now! πŸ˜€ God, it feels like ages since I have had all this time to myself!

Want to know how Paapu is managing without me and how am I managing without them? Β Here is a little description –



SheΒ fiddles Β around the toys alone, then smiles at a bunch of kids outside. In matter of minutes she is seen jumping animatedly with a dozen children all of different size but the same spirit.

She cringes a little when stones press against the tiny naked feet, but proceeds undeterred. By evening she is covered in a layer of brown mud and barefoot running is a cake walk (pun intended)

Out and about being a brat

She chatters non stop, some things make sense, most do not. Ask her ‘who is your friend?’ and she can answer it for straight 10 minutes non-stop. You may even hear a dog, a tree, a bike, a TV and books in the list.

She cannot have enough of the two sets of grandparents doting on her. “Thaata-Paati! she cries out at times ‘Ajja-Ajji!’ during others and they spare no seconds to come rushing to ask ‘Yes, Paapu?’

She meets her Maava (my bro) and is intimidated by his height and gait, but realizes he is tame anyway. Soon the Maava is seen carrying her on his back singing an elephant song around the house.

She is bathed by one, dressed by another, fed by yet another before she runs away, only to return red like a tomato, sweaty and tired. The routine is repeated all over again many times, until the sun goes down.

She is sleepy and her eyes are droopy, but she will not give in since there is so much more to play! She kicks and cries when the toys are taken away, but falls asleep on one of the shoulders soon anyway.

Leading the gang on a catamaran at the beach



I Read – Books are being devoured hungrily as if rare commodity. Fiction, Mystery, Science and some Erotica too. Ahem.

I Write – Long hearty emails, one by the dozen comments on Facebook, and a blog post too. These count as writing too, don’t they? πŸ˜‰

I Run – Couple of miles on a weekday, much more on weekends. What luxury to tie up the running shoes and take the trail when the heart pleases!

Not a recent pic, but quite apt πŸ™‚

I Party – A birthday here, a movie night there, a surprise bash here, a get-together there. Think feathers, fire dancers, cocktails and mini dresses.Returning home at 4 AM never felt so good.

I Connect – Calling up, chatting, meeting and spending time connecting with friends feels so easy when you have no cooking, laundering and dish washing to do everyday πŸ˜€

I Work – Finishing up long pending tasks with vengeance, never mind the few extra hours sitting late in office.

I Sleep – NOT. I smell the little Paapu dress tucked near the pillow. It smells of her, the day she left to the airport. I look at our bedside family pic and kiss the hubby in there. I roll on the empty bed and try hard to catch some sleep, while it plays hard to get.


Four days more and I shall transform into a busy mom and a hard working wifey back again πŸ˜› If you know my number and live close by call me and I might just join you for a drink or a coffee or a movie or all three πŸ˜€

What say?

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29 Responses to Here….There

  1. omg – our dear Paapu in India !!! Look at her !! The first pic just melted my heart – that cute little tongue jutting out naughtily πŸ™‚ How absolutely adorable! She seems to be having a great time all by herself and adjusting well πŸ™‚

    You are one brave mom, I say πŸ™‚ And you’re having fun!! I love that !! How I wished I lived there; I’d have given you company with everything πŸ˜€

  2. Sig says:

    She is gorgeous πŸ˜€ Such a cheeky smile!

  3. R's Mom says:

    WOW!!! super duper na…

    I love the first pic of Paapu she is adorable πŸ™‚

  4. Bubblegum says:

    Oyyyyee…she is super duper cutie pie! and ……. I do all you do right now in ‘there’ part….Yeyeyeyey πŸ˜€ Jokes apart!…Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  5. she looks adorable in the tongue-pic πŸ™‚

  6. scorpria says:

    Oh…i love those pics of Paapu…but i like yours in the water the best πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    hehe…the essence of the post is in those pics πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    enjaaai πŸ˜‰

  7. Bikram says:

    SO i guess the litte one is having fun and getting pampered out their in india and mommy dear is having her own little ful here πŸ™‚

    lovely pictures …

    have fun

  8. Paapu seems to be enjoying her ‘rockstar’ status and you madamoiselle are no less! Proud of you πŸ˜€

    Such a happy child πŸ™‚ mmuahs to her πŸ™‚

    And the sticking out tongue pic – priceless πŸ™‚

  9. Deelicious says:

    nothing can beat a kid having fun in India…:))) wot fun. I love her pic and glad to know that you are making the most of it here :).

  10. Stone says:

    “Couple of miles on a weekday, much more on weekends.”

  11. Comfy says:

    I can just imagine how much fun Paapu must be having. The pictures of course tell a beautiful story. πŸ™‚ And girl you are awesome and you can’t even imagine how J I am of you. Can I change places with you just for one day? One? It is not too much to ask is it? πŸ˜€

    A week to go, I guess I should pick up that phone πŸ™‚

  12. Rani says:

    Its not hard imagining her having a blast here! πŸ™‚ Hey, but why didn’t you come? We could have met! πŸ™‚

    But looks like you are having a gala time there. Good you didn’t come πŸ™‚
    Love how you are living your days!

    Love to you!

  13. liar. dont believe her, people. she cries everyday and even has a hanky pinned to her shirt.(okay okay. i told you im jealous of the 16 year old voice you have to go with your 16 year old self)

    love love the pics! and the one of you splashing water is so gorgeous, ahk!

    (is it too early for me to wish that vijesh were attending some function in US and that he took the poop factory along with him?)

  14. sreelu says:

    Enjoy your “me” time, if you happen to be the south bay a masala chai awaits you.

  15. Gnightgirl says:

    I love “there is so much more to play.” I think she has the right idea!

  16. Preethi says:

    Aww…how adorable does she look in those pics. Especially the one with her her tongue naughty and cute !!

    Have fun ! (Btw, that pic of yours in the water was captured very beautifully).

  17. RS says:

    Aww! Such a cutie pie naughty pie picture πŸ˜€ And you have fun! Make the most out of this time…

    You last picture is amazing πŸ™‚

  18. she is so so cute. And your water photo is awesome πŸ˜€ I’m guessing she’s back now, and you’re back to juggling? πŸ™‚

  19. Wanderer says:

    Oweee look at you wicked mother enjoying while Paapu is away! But every woman needs her time like you got yours, to catch your breath, to catch up with friends and have fun and ‘me’ time. Good for you girl. Sometimes I drive away the husband forcefully for the weekend or for an evening so I can have some time to myself. Not that he disturbs or demands my time. I end up rotating around him whenever he is near. :-/
    Do post more, you have no reason to say no πŸ˜‰

  20. popbiscuit says:

    She looks super cute with her tongue out!! Glad you are enjoying your short time apart !

  21. Awwww
    Good to know that both you and Paapu are enjoying yourselves, in spite of missing each other a bit. πŸ™‚
    A patch of ‘singlehood’ once in a while is good for the soul. πŸ™‚

    PS: Paapu looks super-adorable in the pics! πŸ™‚

  22. Enchanted says:

    AHK… u have written this so well… I can imagine only now what being away from ur baby means… I started working recently but spend most of my time watching my 4 month old’s pictures in between emails and meeting…
    They always do well without us.. with so many ppl to care for them…It is us who need to find other things to keep us engaged..

  23. Swaram says:

    Lubly pics and it is so nice that both of you are having fun!:)
    Sleeping time is when I miss someone too, though I would have enjoyed my ‘Me-time’ to the fullest all day long πŸ˜‰

  24. Pepper says:

    You guys are awesome. πŸ˜€

  25. DewdropDream says:

    So, I’m willing to grow up if the deal includes something like this at least once a year.

    You are amazing πŸ™‚

  26. Jas says:

    Loved your blog πŸ™‚ cute pics and I must say, freedom though has a bit of pain in it, enjoy it to the fullest… remember just 3 days left πŸ™‚

  27. cmck says:

    Hey AHK! long time! i’ve lost track in the blog world…just dropped in to say hi πŸ™‚ hope you had a good time in India with your kiddo…take care

  28. Hey AHK! Long time:)
    And I am so so so jealous of you! When will I ever get to see such a day? Hope you had a blast and you get many such blessings in the future:P)

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